Grant Chapman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Kingston
In office
13 December 1975 – 5 March 1983
Preceded byRichard Gun
Succeeded byGordon Bilney
Senator for South Australia
In office
11 July 1987 – 30 June 2008
Personal details
Born (1949-04-27) 27 April 1949 (age 70)[1]
North Adelaide, South Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Relationsbrother in law of Roger Goldsworthy
ParentsHedley Thomas Chapman and Edith Maud Chapman nee Longmire
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
OccupationOil executive, management consultant, director

Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman (born 27 April 1949) is an Australian politician.

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Chapman was educated at Prince Alfred College[2] and the University of Adelaide and worked as a marketing executive in the oil industry and a self-employed management consultant prior to gaining Liberal Party pre-selection for the federal Division of Kingston in the House of Representatives leading to his election in Malcolm Fraser's 1975 landslide win. In the 1980 election, Chapman held Kingston by 358 votes[3] and served in the House of Representatives until his defeat at the 1983 federal election.

Chapman expressed opposition to the development of the Franklin River Dam. After visiting the area he said: "It is a superb area. The visit reinforced my view that it would be a travesty if the dam went ahead."[4]

He unsuccessfully contested the state electorate of Fisher at the 1985 state election, but returned to federal politics in 1987 as a member of the Australian Senate representing South Australia.

He was defeated at the 2007 election when he was third on the SA Liberal ticket but only two Liberal candidates were elected.

In September 2010, Chapman was elected unopposed as President of the Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division) and was re-elected unopposed in 2011 and 2012.

Personal life

Chapman is the joint-owner of the long term lease over Wallerberdina Station, which is one of three properties short-listed for the prospective development of nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia.[5]


  1. ^ "Family Notices". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 29 April 1949. p. 16. Retrieved 29 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "David Combe now believes he owns his own". The Canberra Times. 29 September 1985. Retrieved 7 June 2016 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "LIBERALS WIN KINGSTON - Chapman gains an absolute majority". The Canberra Times. 28 October 1980. Retrieved 7 June 2016 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "ELECTION '83 A Liberal MP who opposes the Franklin dam - Interesting seats KINGSTON". The Canberra Times. 10 February 1983. Retrieved 7 June 2016 – via Trove.
  5. ^ Keane, Daniel (16 November 2015). "Proposed nuclear waste site owned by former Liberal senator". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

External links

  • About Grant Chapman at the Wayback Machine (archived 12 September 2009)
  • Biography for CHAPMAN, Hedley Grant Pearson, Parliament of Australia, accessed 29 Dec 2015
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Richard Gun
Member for Kingston
Succeeded by
Gordon Bilney